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Syntax—The Traffic Rules of Language   145

(fy Conjunctive use of that as a link-word for which there is no substi-
tute, m such sentences as

I do not believe that the creation took only six days

We have therefore to enter as a separate item in our basic list of link-
words, "that (con] )"

(c) We cannot replace the English words who, whom, winch, and what
by that when they do not refer to a person or thing in the mam clause,
but introduce a clause expressing a note of interrogation, e g

I do not know whom you expect

i\

We must therefore enter who-which in our basic list separately for

this string can be
fyr the reader
Vn&l & knife
TOT tying' parcel?

THE

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interrogative situations when that or whose cannot take the place of
which, who, or whom
(d) We also use our words which and that as pointer-words or demon-
stratives Whether we put in or leave out the word book is immaterial to
our choice of the pointer-word that in the sentence I have read that book
In some other languages we have to use one word when the name is
present, and a different one when it is left out This makes it necessary
to draw a distinction between a demonstrative adjective and a demon-
strative pronoun comparable to our own distinction between the posses-
sive adjective (e g my) and the possessive pronoun (e g mine) So m
making up a basic list of necessary pointer-words, we shall sometimes
need to indicate which pointer-word stands in front of a noun (adj ), and
which stands by itself (pron )
Anyone who is familiar with the Anglo-American language alone
might yield to the temptation of putting personal pronouns among the